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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier axes public servant bonuses, two senior DGs appointed

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, May 08, 2015

    Premier axes public servant bonuses, two senior DGs appointed

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has axed a bonus system for senior public servants introduced by the Newman Government.

    In 2012-13, the LNP introduced a policy that allowed Directors-General to qualify for bonuses of up to 15%. In 2013-14, DGs were eligible for $1.2 million in performance bonuses, with $641,682 paid out.

    “I greatly value the leadership and expertise our Directors-General bring to the public service, but I also think our most senior public servants are paid well-enough that they don’t need generous bonuses on top of their salary,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “New appointees to the role of Director-General in my Government will not receive these bonuses.

    “I am committed to saving taxpayers’ money, and this is further evidence of that.”

    The Premier made the announcement following the appointment of Mr Dave Stewart as Director-General of Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Mr Jim Murphy as Under-Treasurer, both recommended by an independent recruitment panel.

    “Mr Stewart and Mr Murphy are the first two appointees from the Government’s merit-based appointment process.

    “Mr Stewart is one of Queensland’s most respected public servants. He has worked under both sides of politics in our state, as well as working for the NSW Liberal Government.

    “Dave’s 30 plus-year career has involved leading large government agencies, undertaking policy development, service delivery and planning and delivering large, complex and challenging infrastructure programs and portfolios.

    “He has long-standing and productive relationships with local government and the business community, and will provide exceptional leadership to the Queensland public service.

    “Mr Murphy has an extremely impressive CV that includes 11 years as a Deputy Secretary in the Federal Treasury and working as an Adviser to the International Monetary Fund in Washington.

    “He is currently an Executive with ANZ Bank, worked for three months as a Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Rudd, and is a winner of the Public Service Medal for his work on the Australian Government’s response to the global financial crisis.

    “Mr Murphy has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History, a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Public Law, as well as stints on numerous national financial advisory bodies.

    “As my Government puts together its first Budget, Mr Murphy will bring outstanding leadership and highly-respected economic and financial management skills to Queensland Treasury.”

    The Premier thanked outgoing Under-Treasurer Mark Gray for his services.

    “The Government appreciates Mr Gray’s efforts and wishes him well into the future.”

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